Keynote Speaker

“Innovative technologies and trends in the Digital Society”
By Prof. Pedro Isaias, Information Systems & Technology Management School,
The University of New South Wales, Australia


Prof. Pedro Isaias is affiliated with the Information Systems & Technology Management School of The University of New South Wales (UNSW – Sydney), Australia. Previously he taught at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Before moving to Australia, he served at the Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University) in Lisbon, Portugal, where he was responsible for several courses and director of the master degree program in Management / MBA. Pedro was director of the master degree program in Electronic Commerce and Internet for 10 years.

Prof. Pedro Isaias holds a PhD in Information Management (in the specialty of information and decision systems) from the New University of Lisbon. Author of several books, book chapters, papers and research reports, all in the information systems area, he has headed several conferences and workshops within the mentioned area. He has also been responsible for the scientific coordination of several EU funded research projects. He is also member of the editorial board of several journals and program committee member of several conferences and workshops. Currently he conducts research activity related to MIS in general, and more specifically Learning Technologies, Data Analytics, Business Intelligence, Digital Transformation, e-Business and WWW related areas.


As the digital society matures it is shaped by the unprecedented swiftness at which technology and innovation evolves and the ubiquitousness of digital technologies in all areas of society. The digitalisation of society is becoming more inclusive and more focused on sustainability to ensure that progress is all-encompassing and viable. As the benefits of an evolved digital society become more evident, concerns such as bridging the digital divide, creating awareness about misinformation/disinformation, ensuring the affordability of technology and promoting the development of digital skills assume an even greater importance. This talk will focus on the contribution that innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, internet of things and 5G are making toward the advancement of the digitalisation of society, with a critical stance that examines the benefits as well as their challenges. In addition, it will discuss the current technological trends transforming key areas like smart cities, e-health, e-learning, digital marketing and e-government and reflect about inclusivity and the future of the digital society.